The only reason I can see as to feeding commercial dog food, is convenience? You pop your hand into a bag and that’s it, dogs fed, the point that some people add other food stuffs to a supposedly complete diet, are simply now making it incomplete? If and it is a big if indeed as to whether this muck was ever complete in the first place? Which seems to be defeating the purpose of this type of food somewhat?
Fresh Raw dog meat can be obtained far cheaper than commercial dog food; of course you need to have the luxury of a chest freezer, however a very small price to pay, considering the massive benefits to your pocket and moreover your dog? Many health problems within certain breeds could also be eliminated by sticking to a natural raw dog food diet, many dogs suffer terrible intolerances to commercial dog food, as although the bag states 20% chicken it doesn’t state what part of the chicken? Beaks? Heads? It’s still 20% what’s in yours?
Augmentation/Growth, seems to be a massive problem in such breeds like the GSD where the breeders/trainers or owner simply feed these very high protein commercial dog foods which the ingredients are a combination of additives, the growth plates of these dogs simply open causing excruciating pain, HD/ hip dysplasia is now believed to be linked to diet, dogs that grow at a normal pace rather than an induced rate due to the foods stuffs provided by their owners are far less likely to suffer with these problems.
Wild Canines that eat a natural diet, Wolves for instant, HD is unknown? Interestingly aggression can also play a part in the amount of food offered, or moreover the quality?
I’ve been conversing with L David Mech, the wolf man, Mech is the leading authority in the USA, and is in charge of the wolf population in Yellow Stone Park, Mech a Zoologist who has carried out many experiments on wolves has some very interesting theories, and these pups are being fed as Mech describes plentiful feeding.
Mech has followed the Druid pack for 20 years, and states for unknown reasons wolves that are weaned in times of food being sparse usually receive no meat for 12 to 14 weeks relying and surviving on milk, these pups develop much slower, and are less aggressive in the nest, however in times of plentiful food supplies, regurgitated meat is brought to the pups from 3 weeks, and the behaviour is quite staggeringly different, pups are on their feet much earlier, are very aggressive to each other, however Mech goes on to say this early aggression is not short lived and, bumper fed pup as he calls them, make and become very aggressive hunters ( too much food to early)
I’m not a believer that all dogs are different in their demands for different food stuffs, a dog that runs 50 miles a day a working hill collie for instance or a dog that does not simply need there amounts of food adjusting, I have a 15 year old Bearded Collie, and of course she eats less that my 18 month-old greyhound, however she eats the same food, the old Beardie still has all her teeth and they are still in good condition.
Sled Dogs Siberian Husky’s however would certainly not last a week if fed on a commercial dog food, One calorie is the energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree at one atmosphere pressure. It has been determined that an average sized sled dog can burn more than 10,000 of these calories each day during the race. These calorie-burning furnaces cannot consume all of this in one or two meals but must be fed small meals every few hours throughout the day. Their bodies require protein, fat, carbohydrate and fibre, with fat being the most calorie-dense. To cover their caloric needs, more fat may be temporarily added to their diet, especially when temperatures are most bitter. This is done gradually over several days as too much fat added suddenly can cause diarrhoea.
Each musher calculates his/her own dog food diet but most feed a premium power-packed dog food with added options of lamb trimmings, poultry skins, hamburger, moose or salmon steaks, occasionally corn oil, and for some, seal oil or mink mixture, in addition to vitamin, mineral, and probiotic supplements. The musher aims for a food that is about 2500 calories per pound. Water is important too, and although the food is usually fed frozen and raw, snow may be melted for making.
It has always amazed me that while exercising my own dogs I come across these foul cow pack type stools left behind by commercially fed dogs, and wondered how long these owners would allow their own dietary needs if producing such before they released something was out of kilter Out of order; in poor health or spirits.